HAZARD—Students in the Perry County School District were sent home early due to wintry weather just one day after returning to classes this week, and one day after the board voted to extend the school day for the remainder of the year in order to make up the time missed recently due to cold weather and water outages.
Superintendent Jonathan Jett said the board voted Thursday morning during its monthly meeting to have all schools in the district dismiss 21 minutes later each day.
“We did change our calendar. We’re adding 21 minutes to the day, and we intend to go for our spring break that was scheduled in March,” Jett said.
According to the school calendar on the district’s website, spring break was scheduled for March 19-21.
The school system had not been in session since it released for Christmas break on Dec. 20. The original return date for students was Jan. 2, but due to record-low temperatures, wintry conditions, and water outages across the county the district started back on Thursday, Jan. 16, instead. Classes were dismissed at 1 p.m. on Friday, just a day after students came back, after wintry weather conditions began to make roads in the county hazardous.
“(There) haven’t been any water issues to my knowledge at all at any of our schools,” Jett said.
In other business, the board also discussed purchasing land for two new schools, which are planned to be built in the next four years.
“(We’re) just narrowing down our choices, but we haven’t done anything definite yet. We’re primarily looking at two (sites) right now for the West Perry, which would be A.B., Willard, and the Big Creek area. And then for Chavies I think we had discussed, I think maybe three, but the state hasn’t given us as much information on the Chavies property as they have the West Perry at this time,” Jett explained.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.